Derek Mackay MSP

Derek Mackay MSP

Written 7 posts

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution

Autumn Statement response

24th November 2016

Yesterday, the true cost of Brexit was revealed – and it is huge. Lower growth, lower tax revenues, higher borrowing, higher debt and, perhaps worst of all for family budgets, higher inflation. Here is what I had to say immediately after the Chancellor made his statement:   .@DerekMackaySNP on #AutumnStatement: the real cost of Brexit…

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Building Scotland’s digital economy

3rd November 2016

Digital technology has fundamentally changed how we access information, learn, communicate and do business; it is vital to the future of our economy. Scotland prides itself on being a nation which is vibrant, inclusive, open and outward looking. We have to support and encourage the skills needed to seize new opportunities and participate in an…

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Plan to revitalise town centres launched

7th November 2013

Our town centres should be vibrant, attractive and safe places where local people and visitors alike want to spend their time and money. They should be accessible places which invite business start-up and inspire innovative ideas from all walks of the community. This is why we welcomed the independent National Review of Town Centres, led…

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Public reform in action

13th March 2013

Yesterday I visited a project that showed me how innovative and creative ideas can provide real opportunities for our young people. I visited the Streetleague project in Glasgow which exemplifies the Scottish Government principles of reform. Simply put, it delivers improved outcomes for local people through partnership working and a focus on prevention. Streetleague specialise…

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Planning for growth

16th January 2013

Last night, the Scottish Parliament passed a motion which stressed the importance of the planning system for sustainable economic growth, and the importance of working collaboratively to improve the planning system.

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Planning next steps

28th March 2012

Planning has an important role to play in sustainable economic growth, and I’m committed to streamlining and simplifying the planning system to ensure it does not act as a barrier to economic growth and sustainable development – while ensuring communities are properly consulted and involved.

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Strengthening planning performance

2nd March 2012

I’ve been in listening mode since becoming Planning Minister last December, getting a fuller understanding of the links between the planning system and our broader Economic Strategy. Of course planning must support our overarching purpose of increasing sustainable economic growth.

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